Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Setting the Table with Christmas Dinnerware

It's time to pull out the Christmas china and set the table!
Most of us are familiar with this Christmas Tree pattern from Spode. Introduced in 1938, it has become the world's most recognizable and best loved Christmas china. Some of us even inherited these plates from our parents and grandparents.

Although I don't have the classic Spode plate above, I have this version called Christmas Tree Grove, also by Spode. Same tree in the middle, but the rim is what I'm in love with. It is my latest acquisition and I've promised Mr. A, it will be my last Christmas plate!

Christmas Tree Garland by Spode. Same tree, different rim.

Christmas Tree 70th anniversary plate by Spode. What a beauty!

Let's take a look at some more holiday themed dinnerware.
I've gathered quite a few of my favorites to show you:

Christmas Story by Mikasa

Christmas in the Park by China

Christmas Toile by 222 Fifth

Holiday Celebrations by Christopher Radko for Target
I've set a few Christmas tables with this pattern!

Victorian Christmas by Johnson Brothers

Old Britain Castles by Johnson Brothers
One of my favorites! I also have this pattern.

Accent salad plate in the Old Britain Castles pattern.

The Friendly Village, Christmas accent salad plates by Johnson Brothers

Cardinal Christmas by Royal Norfolk

Holly Ribbon by Royal Worcester

Grenediers by Bernardaud

Holiday Garden by Martha Stewart

O'Tannenbaum by Oneida

Holiday by Lenox, another classic.

Season's Greetings by Lenox

Holiday Tartan by Lenox

Tartan Christmas by Signature

McLean Tartan by Ralph Lauren

Country Plaid by Fitz and Floyd

Tartan plaid plate by Pacific Rim.

Classic Tidings by Target
Of course, I had to have these!

I have found that besides Ebay, Replacements, Ltd. is the best source for vintage and out of production patterns. Believe it or not, Amazon has quite a few patterns available too.

I actually like to mix and match my holiday china for a layered table. Both of the patterns from Target mix very well, and we all know that Tartan goes with everything, including transferware! This year, I'm planning to use the Spode Christmas Tree Grove and layer Tartan salad plates over them. So many possibilities!
Do you set the table with holiday themed dishes, and if so, what is your pattern?

I'm linking up to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!
Be sure to check out this week's Christmas tabletop entries. Who knows, there may be a few of the above plates featured!

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jninecostumes said...

I enjoyed looking through all the holiday themed plate designs. I don't have any Christmas plates but would love to have some in plaid! Merry Christmas!

Marlis said...

I loved seeing all the plates.. wow. I keep saying this is the last set, but after 36 years my husband rolls his eyes and just says "yeah right"... Thanks so much for sharing. Beautiful plates one and all.
Merry Christmas to you and yours and many blessings in the coming year.

NanaDiana said...

I did a post just the other day about Spode. We have the classic pattern. My daughter has the Lennox Holly one. Love Christmas dishes. I also have Radko's set from Target. Hugs- Diana

Southerncook said...

Loved seeing all the different Christmas china patterns. It makes me want to get a new pattern. I am now rolling my eyes.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

quintessence said...

What a great comprehensive roundup. So many wonderful patterns. Love the tartans of course and the very vintage looking Old Britain Castles. I'm sure your table will be magnificent!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Delores,

No we don't have Christmas China. We would have to build another dining room for storing all the china if we did so.
Christmas Toile by 222 Fifth and the Tartan Plaid plates are my favorites!
Wishing you a great time with your loved ones (presume that Alex got in from Rome...?) and a Merry Christmas!

Mariette's Back to Basics

Anita Diaz said...

Oh Delores, I just discovered the Christmas Tree Grove last year, and I fell in love with it! I cannot wait to see what you do with it, I can only imagine it will be spectacular! I am a big "Replacements" shopper, and ebay. I also love to find vintage china/glassware/silver at Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!

Entertaining Women said...

I've had the Spode Christmas tree and also inherited an additional large service, and I've been using it for years. both of my kids also have it. We start collections of it for God children and nieces. They have full sets by the time they go to college. Right now my table is set with the Lenox, "13 Original Colonies Wreath Plates." I have to admit that I've been eyeing the Tiffany, "Holiday" china. I think that's what I'll collect next. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful patterns. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

Carrie said...

Great review of these Christmas dishes...I have the Spode "Christmas Tree," which decorates the kitchen and breakfast table, and Lenox "Holiday" which is used in the dining room. My latest post shows the tablescape with Holiday dishes and linens.
Over the past few years I've also aquired other Christmas dishes in other patterns, just because I enjoy collecting dishes and decorating for Christmas!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Wow...I could so end up with 25 different Christmas chinas if I didn't stop myself. LOL Great patterns!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sooooo many PRETTY patterns...thanks for sharing them:) Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!


Rettabug said...

Oh gosh, make me want a set of each one!!! I have the Lenox Holiday but I've been eying those Radko ones, too.

Whatever dishes you set out this year, I wish you for a very "Merry Christmas" surrounded by your loved ones & a very HEALTHY New Year!

I've enjoyed your blog so much in 2010 & look forward to more in '11.


deb said...

Love them all! You actually PROMISED Mr. A no more Christmas plates? Hum...

Acanthus and Acorn said...

This was great seeing all these patterns in one spot! I have a few holiday plates, one with a Santa and a tartan plaid RL in green. The Johnson Brothers are my nostalgic.
Merry Christmas!!!

Angela said...

I adore Spode. Started a collection about 10 years ago so those who didn't know what to buy could just add a piece. TJ Maxx has the best prices on individual pieces once a core group has been accumulated. Dinner plates for $9.99 at most stores and salad plates for $6.99. The only pattern that displaces Blue Willow from my china cabinet is Spode Christmas Tree and each year I can't wait to change it out. Not only is it beautiful, the pieces are durable, large enough to accommodate a big meal, yet simple enough for a breakfast tablescape too. Merry Spode Christmas.

The Tablescaper said...

Hi Delores:

Neat post, how fun to look at all the different Christmas plates out there.

I LOVE the Spode Gove pattern. I had picked up several serving peices in Gove through the years but never saw the actual dinner plates. Leave it to you to find them!

After I saw your post with the plaid from Target I immediately went on line. You can't order them and every store near me is out of stock. They are so beautiful and layer so nicely. Lucky you to have gotten them!

Have a blessed Christmas.

- The Tablescaper

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Ok -- you have all us tablescapers drooling! What a beautiful collection of dishes -- So many lovely choices!

Greet Lefèvre said...

These are all beauties! I really enjoyed looking at those plates!
I wish you a very nice Christmas Holiday and a splendig New Year!

Gerry said...

When I saw Christmas Tree Grove I said to myself "I bet she has that one" and I was right. Very pretty. I think the Christmas Toile would be my favorite just for the fact that it would go very nicely with my plain red and white Christmas dishes I got at Target a few years ago. I like them in that they also do very well for Valentine's day. I know, I know, hubby should be taking me out for Valentine's day but for some reason he always asks for my pork chops and rice recipe for Valentines.....:)

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

Classic Spode here; but after meeting really desiring tartan to mix it up & layer, layer!! Maybe next year! May you & yours be blessed to the brim this Christmas!!!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Kisses, Zondra Art

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

So many beautiful plates! You know I love this post! The OB Castles are still my favorite! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your family filled with peace, love and joy!...hugs...Debbie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So many pretty plates!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Donnie said...

Right now mine are melamine Snowman plates but I'm appreciated the information on these Christmas Plates.

Olive said...

Christmastime by Nikko Japan. Your patterns are beautiful. Merry Christmas!

On Crooked Creek said...

WoW! What lovely Christmas plates! My overall favorite has to be the Christmas Tree 70th Anniversary plate by Spode! Thank you for sharing this lovely post. Merry Christmas!

Carol S. said...

Ok, if I had to pick one...I couldn't. Either Holiday or Holiday Tartan by Lenox would probably be my favorites. I don't have a sitdown dinner for Christmas...but I think I've been inspired to set a Christmas brunch table tonight for just my husband, me and two teen boys. It's so much fun to get the table all gussied up. I've enjoyed your gorgeous blog so much since I found it this fall Delores. God Bless you and yours this Christmas season.

Lilly's Home Journal said...

I understand why you collected each one of your Christmas plates. They are all so beautiful! I have been collecting Nikko Christmas plates for about 25 years. I haven't been able to pick any up lately...they all seem to have disappeared. Thanks for the Amazon heads up.
Have a Merry Christmas!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I don't have any Christmas dishes, but I have loved this post and seeing them all. Hope you have a Merry Christmas my friend.

Kathy said...

Love this post Delores thank you for the lesson..I have some friendly village plates that need these to compliment for Christmas, so nice to learn that.

linda t said...

You didn't mention my Waechtersbach dishes!
You can read the story about how my collection came to be-
Love your blog!


I totally love your collection of Xmas dishes...they're absolutely gorgeous!!! You're so lucky! Your table is stunning, beautiful your stemware, love the napkins, etc.
Hope you visit my blog, I'll be honored.
Wishing you a wonderful New Year full of graces for you and yours.


Martha said...

Love looking at all the Christmas patterns. I have a Royal Doulton Tartan -- from the 80's -- there were either 3 or 4 complimenting patterns -- don't think it was in production long but it is a classic.

Lifes Patina said...

Fabulous dish ware! I LOVE the Old Britain Castles Pattern!!! I gave a passion for toile and this is a beauty. The Friendly Village is my second with the plaids coming in third. Beautiful!!

Noelle said...

I have 16 place setting of the Pacific Rim Red Plaid that I've never used : (( I'm thinking of listing them on Ebay or Amazon but now it's so much harder!

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